# UVA Problem 264 – Count on Cantor Solution

UVA Problem 264 – Count on Cantor Solution:

Solving Technique:

Warning this is a terrible dynamic programming and memoization solution. If you want a fast and efficient solution then, this isn’t what you are looking for.

#### Problem Statement:

Given an input integer that represent a rational number sequence term shown by cantor, output the rational number for that term.

##### Solution Types:

I have given two solution, one of which uses a 2D array to store the rational number sequence as shown by cantor and using a traversal pattern memoize the series in another array. Although the first one can be improved to only traverse 1/4 th of the array but that’s still a lot.

The next solution discards the 2D array and using the traversal pattern with some optimization memoizes the series.

###### The time difference as of UVA submission running time is,

0.245 ms (1st technique)
0.072 ms (2nd technique)

Removing the recursion by replacing with iterative version ( A bit harder to do ) will make it even faster. I think this one can be further improved but have no idea how.

#### Figuring out the algorithm:

Note everything here is assuming indexing starts from 1 instead of 0. But in my code I start with index 0 instead of 1.

##### Points To Notice:

1. Moves right when row number is 0 and column number is even.
2. Moves down-left when row number is 0 and column number is odd.
3. Moves down when column number is 0 and column number is odd.
4. Moves up-right when column number is 0 and column number is even.
5. Diagonal traversal gets bigger by 1 unit for each down or right movements.

##### Traversing the Matrix:

$Traverse(r,c,index,diagonal) = \begin{cases} \rightarrow \text{(1 times)} & \forall : row = 0; col \in Even \\ \swarrow \text{(c - 1 times)} & \forall : row = 0; col \in Odd \\ \downarrow \ \ \text{(1 times)} & \forall : col = 0; row \in Odd \\ \nearrow \text{(r - 1 times)} & \forall : col = 0; row \in Even \\ \end{cases}$

OR, In my code,

$Traverse(r,c,index,diagonal) = \begin{cases} \rightarrow \text{(1 times)} & \forall : row = 0; col \in Even \\ \swarrow \text{(c + diagonal times)} & \forall : row = 0; col \in Odd \\ \downarrow \ \ \text{(1 times)} & \forall : col = 0; row \in Odd \\ \nearrow \text{(r + diagonal times)} & \forall : col = 0; row \in Even \\ \end{cases}$

Note: Increment the index and diagonal also.

##### Filling the Matrix (1st code only):

$CantorTable_{i,j} = \begin{cases} numerator = row, & \forall : Column, rows \\ denominator = column, & \forall : Column, rows \\ \end{cases}$

##### Base case:

Note when row or the column is equal to 0 then there is a turn. If row or column becomes less than 0 then it should stop.

Also the amount values to memoize is N which is the maximum cantor sequence value for this problem. So if N values are memoized then the process should stop.

if (r < 0 || c < 0 || index > M)
return;


##### Storing the fractions in 2D Struct Array:

Instead of storing the values in string it is better to store the fraction in a struct. There are 3 things in the fraction the numerator, a division sign , the denominator. There is no need to store the division sign since all elements within matrix are fraction.

struct CantorSequence{
int numerator;
int denominator;
};


The first solution requires a total of $O( M + \frac{N(N+1)}{2} )$ space including storing the cantor sequence in another array and pre calculating the 2D cantor table and traversing.

The second solution requires a total of $O( M )$ space including storing the cantor sequence in another array.

Here, M is 10000000 and N is 4500. N can be adjusted but 4500 is a safe value.

###### Please point out if the post contains mistakes.

Important:  Be sure to add or print a new line after each output unless otherwise specified. The outputs should match exactly because sometimes even a space character causes the answer to be marked as wrong answer. Please compile with c++ compiler as some of my codes are in c and some in c++.

More Inputs of This Problem on uDebug.

Input:

3
14
7
10000000


Output:

TERM 3 IS 2/1
TERM 14 IS 2/4
TERM 7 IS 1/4
TERM 10000000 IS 2844/1629


### Code Recursive DP 2D struct Traversal and Memoize:

/***********************************************************************
* Author:    Asif Ahmed
* Site:      https://quickgrid.wordpress.com
* Problem:   UVA 264 - Count on Cantor
*
* Technique: Zig Zag / Spiral Diagonal traversal,
*            2D struct array,
*            2D half diagonal fill,
*            Recursive Dynamic Programming
***********************************************************************/

#include<stdio.h>
#include<string.h>

// N * N should be almost twice greater than or equal to M.
// Or, N should be such that N*(N+1)/2 is greater than M.
#define N 4500

#define M 10000000

/**
* Table to construct the sequence
*/
struct CantorTable{
int numerator;
int denominator;
} CT[N][N];

// Holds cantor values from 1 to M by index
CantorTable OrderedCantor[M];

/**
* Fill in the cantor table.
*/
void CantorFill(){

for(int row = 0; row < N; ++row){

int cutoff = N - row;

for(int col = 0; col < cutoff; ++col){
CT[row][col].numerator   = row + 1;
CT[row][col].denominator = col + 1;
}

}

}

void RecursiveCantor(int r, int c, int index, int diagonal){

// base case
if( r < 0 || c < 0 || index > M ){
return;
}

OrderedCantor[index].numerator = CT[r][c].numerator;
OrderedCantor[index].denominator = CT[r][c].denominator;

// Amount of times to travel in diagonal
++diagonal;

if(r == 0){

// when odd move down left
if(c % 2){
for(int i = 0; i < c + diagonal; ++i){
++index;
r = r + 1;
c = c - 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

// when even Move right
else{
++index;
c = c + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

if(c == 0){

// when odd move down
if(r % 2){
++index;
r = r + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}

// when even Move up right
else{
for(int i = 0; i < r + diagonal; ++i){
++index;
r = r - 1;
c = c + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

}

}

int main() {

// Initialize Cantor table
CantorFill();

// Pass in row, column, index, diagonal traversal size
RecursiveCantor(0, 0, 1, 0);

int n;

while( scanf("%d", &n) == 1 ){
printf("TERM %d IS %d/%d\n", n, OrderedCantor[n].numerator, OrderedCantor[n].denominator );
}

return 0;
}



### Code Recursive DP Sequence Memoize:

/***********************************************************************
* Author:    Asif Ahmed
* Site:      https://quickgrid.wordpress.com
* Problem:   UVA 264 - Count on Cantor
*
* Technique: Zig Zag / Spiral Diagonal traversal,
*            Recursive Dynamic Programming
***********************************************************************/

#include<stdio.h>
#include<string.h>

#define M 10000000

/**
* Table to construct the sequence
*/
struct CantorTable{
int numerator;
int denominator;
};

// Holds cantor values from 1 to M by index
CantorTable OrderedCantor[M];

void RecursiveCantor(int r, int c, int index, int diagonal){

// base case
if( r < 0 || c < 0 || index > M ){
return;
}

// change from table traversed DP
OrderedCantor[index].numerator = r + 1;
OrderedCantor[index].denominator = c + 1;

// Amount of times to travel in diagonal
++diagonal;

if(r == 0){

// when odd move down left
if(c % 2){
for(int i = 0; i < c + diagonal; ++i){
++index;
r = r + 1;
c = c - 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

// when even Move right
else{
++index;
c = c + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

else if(c == 0){

// when odd move down
if(r % 2){
++index;
r = r + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}

// when even Move up right
else{
for(int i = 0; i < r + diagonal; ++i){
++index;
r = r - 1;
c = c + 1;
RecursiveCantor( r, c, index, diagonal );
}
}

}

}

int main() {

// Pass in row, column, index, diagonal traversal size
RecursiveCantor(0, 0, 1, 0);

int n;

while( scanf("%d", &n) == 1 ){
printf("TERM %d IS %d/%d\n", n, OrderedCantor[n].numerator, OrderedCantor[n].denominator );
}

return 0;
}